Also, stay tuned for an interview with the author.
Published by Random House, August 2012 ****
I wouldn’t categorize this novel as a thriller per se, because there’s not a whole lot of action or globe-trotting heroism like fans of Berry and Rollins expect. It’s more of a medical drama with a good Mayan conspiracy thrown in. Thomason did an effective job creating a very scary scenario about a very real and deadly infection and connected it to Mayan mythology in an engaging way. Bonus, at the center of this medical crisis is an ancient Mayan codex that reveals the downfall of that civilization a thousand years ago. And the convenience that the Mayan calendar ends 12/21/12 coincides with the outbreak of the terrible disease can’t just be coincidence?! But it works. Thomason presents the scenario in an intellectual way, and he knows his science (he is a doctor, after all).
My only qualm was the abrupt conclusion. I wish he had developed a stronger finish instead of halting the plot and wrapping everything up neatly in the epilogue, although the Mayan book and the outbreak are tied together nicely. Still, it was a fun read with a compelling premise, and a scary scenario involving a freaky infection. So if I start experiencing psychosomatic symptoms like insomnia, remind me that it’s just a work of fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book via TLC Book Tours